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Should YouTube do more about mental health?

Should YouTube do more about mental health?

How are you feeling? How is your mental health? When was the last time someone asked you?

Awareness of mental health has increased over the last few years, but do we have access to support in order to deal with our mental health, well, healthily?

Recently an increasing number of popular YouTubers are opening up about feeling “burnout”.

"Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress."

There can often be a constant pressure to stay relevant and keep producing content on YouTubers which can strain their mental health.

Elle Mills described her health in a YouTube video, where she says: “My anxiety and depression keeps getting worse and worse. I'm literally just waiting for me to hit my breaking point." - Elle Mills

NOTE: There are depictions of mental illness in this video which could potentially be triggering for individuals. Viewer discretion is advised.

There is a lot of pressure for them to perform and script their videos so they are attractive, but they can also be worried about saying the wrong thing - with fears of a backlash from their viewers or the media.

Even the biggest YouTube creator - PewDiePie - is taking a break from production to be able to improve his mental health.

YouTube’s net worth is estimated at $160 billion. And the majority of the traffic to the site comes from popular influencers. This leads to a debate around YouTube's responsibility to its creators and whether there is something they can do to help individuals manage their mental health.

So what we would like to know is, should YouTube invest in their creators mental health?

Join the debate on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Let us know what you think YouTube should or should not do.

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